Period
to 21 February 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West with a requirement for Acceptance Criteria skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Acceptance Criteria over the 6 months to 21 February 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Acceptance Criteria
England > South West
6 months to
21 Feb 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 150 163 174
Rank change year-on-year +13 +11 +15
Contract jobs citing Acceptance Criteria 80 35 27
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.25% 0.67% 0.49%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.47% 0.82% 0.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 22 17
South West median daily rate £450 £395 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.92% +3.95% +8.57%
10th Percentile £300 £325 £279
90th Percentile £700 £538 £554
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 0
South West median hourly rate £24.00 £175.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -86.29% - -
England median hourly rate £39.76 £50.00 £50.00
% change year-on-year -20.48% - +43.06%

Acceptance Criteria is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the South West with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
South West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 5,453 4,280 4,584
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 85.18% 82.37% 83.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,475 2,660 3,053
South West median daily rate £438 £400 £376
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.38% +6.38% +0.27%
10th Percentile £288 £260 £235
90th Percentile £600 £573 £550
England median daily rate £475 £450 £435
% change year-on-year +5.56% +3.45% +2.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 245 180 283
South West median hourly rate £40.50 £30.25 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +33.88% -19.33% -4.46%
10th Percentile £12.85 £11.80 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £47.50
England median hourly rate £24.08 £24.00 £24.50
% change year-on-year +0.33% -2.04% +6.52%

Acceptance Criteria
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

Job postings citing Acceptance Criteria as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South West.

Job vacancy trend for Acceptance Criteria in the South West

Acceptance Criteria
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Acceptance Criteria in the South West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Acceptance Criteria in the South West

Acceptance Criteria
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Acceptance Criteria in the South West over the 6 months to 21 February 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Acceptance Criteria in the South West

Acceptance Criteria
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Acceptance Criteria in the South West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Acceptance Criteria in the South West

Acceptance Criteria
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Acceptance Criteria in the South West over the 6 months to 21 February 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Acceptance Criteria in the South West

Acceptance Criteria
Contract Job Locations in the South West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Acceptance Criteria within the South West region over the 6 months to 21 February 2019. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Somerset +16 23 £600 +45.45% 1
Bristol -1 23 £363 -3.33% 7
Wiltshire -35 17 £400 -27.27% 2
Gloucestershire -11 8 £500 +33.33% 1
Dorset +9 4 £283 - 5
Devon - 2 £354 - 1
Cornwall -4 1 £375 +25.00%
Acceptance Criteria
England

For the 6 months to 21 February 2019, IT contractor jobs citing Acceptance Criteria also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the South West region with a requirement for Acceptance Criteria.

1 52 (65.00%) Agile Software Development
2 38 (47.50%) Test Automation
3 34 (42.50%) Scrum
4 31 (38.75%) Security Cleared
5 29 (36.25%) C#
6 26 (32.50%) BDD
7 24 (30.00%) Team Foundation Server
8 23 (28.75%) QA
9 22 (27.50%) DV Cleared
9 22 (27.50%) Test Strategy
10 20 (25.00%) Continuous Deployment
11 19 (23.75%) Continuous Delivery
11 19 (23.75%) Continuous Improvement
12 17 (21.25%) Security Testing
12 17 (21.25%) GIS
13 16 (20.00%) User Stories
14 15 (18.75%) Analytical Skills
15 14 (17.50%) Microsoft
16 12 (15.00%) Finance
16 12 (15.00%) Git (software)
17 11 (13.75%) SQL
17 11 (13.75%) Problem-Solving
18 9 (11.25%) Continuous Integration
18 9 (11.25%) DevOps
19 8 (10.00%) Test Scripting
19 8 (10.00%) Selenium
19 8 (10.00%) Manual Testing
19 8 (10.00%) Stakeholder Management
20 7 (8.75%) Management Information System
20 7 (8.75%) ISEB

Acceptance Criteria
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South West by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 3 (3.75%) CMS
1 3 (3.75%) Confluence
1 3 (3.75%) Mule
1 3 (3.75%) Mule ESB
2 1 (1.25%) Apache Qpid
Applications
1 2 (2.50%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (2.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (1.25%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.25%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.25%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 6 (7.50%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (3.75%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 4 (5.00%) VPN
2 3 (3.75%) Cisco ASA
2 3 (3.75%) Cisco Nexus
2 3 (3.75%) Network Security
3 2 (2.50%) Cisco Firepower
3 2 (2.50%) Cisco ISE
3 2 (2.50%) Firewall
4 1 (1.25%) BGP
4 1 (1.25%) MPLS
4 1 (1.25%) Multicast
4 1 (1.25%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (21.25%) GIS
2 5 (6.25%) SQL Server
3 3 (3.75%) BusinessObjects
3 3 (3.75%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
3 3 (3.75%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
3 3 (3.75%) Crystal Reports
3 3 (3.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (1.25%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.25%) Lumira
4 1 (1.25%) SQL Server 2016
4 1 (1.25%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 24 (30.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 12 (15.00%) Git (software)
3 8 (10.00%) Selenium
4 7 (8.75%) JIRA
5 5 (6.25%) Cucumber
6 4 (5.00%) JUnit
6 4 (5.00%) NUnit
6 4 (5.00%) TestRail
7 3 (3.75%) Bugzilla
7 3 (3.75%) Gradle
7 3 (3.75%) HP UFT
7 3 (3.75%) Redmine
7 3 (3.75%) TestComplete
8 2 (2.50%) WebDriver
9 1 (1.25%) Android Studio
9 1 (1.25%) Appium
9 1 (1.25%) fastlane
9 1 (1.25%) Jenkins
9 1 (1.25%) TeamCity
9 1 (1.25%) webpack
General
1 12 (15.00%) Finance
2 3 (3.75%) Banking
2 3 (3.75%) Publishing
3 2 (2.50%) Back Office
3 2 (2.50%) Front Office
4 1 (1.25%) Financial Institution
4 1 (1.25%) Italian Language
4 1 (1.25%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 23 (28.75%) Test Leader
2 15 (18.75%) Analyst
3 9 (11.25%) Automation Test Lead
3 9 (11.25%) Business Analyst
4 7 (8.75%) Test Engineer
5 6 (7.50%) Developer
5 6 (7.50%) Test Analyst
6 5 (6.25%) Architect
6 5 (6.25%) Tester
7 4 (5.00%) Automation Test Analyst
7 4 (5.00%) Technical Architect
8 3 (3.75%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 3 (3.75%) Java Developer
8 3 (3.75%) Network Engineer
8 3 (3.75%) Network Security Engineer
8 3 (3.75%) Product Owner
8 3 (3.75%) Security Engineer
8 3 (3.75%) Technical Writer
9 2 (2.50%) Change Analyst
9 2 (2.50%) Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (6.25%) .NET
2 4 (5.00%) CSS
2 4 (5.00%) Gherkin
2 4 (5.00%) HTML
2 4 (5.00%) HTML5
2 4 (5.00%) REST
3 3 (3.75%) Hibernate
3 3 (3.75%) Spring
4 1 (1.25%) .NET Framework
4 1 (1.25%) AngularJS
4 1 (1.25%) Kafka
4 1 (1.25%) Middleware
4 1 (1.25%) RabbitMQ
4 1 (1.25%) React
4 1 (1.25%) Sinatra
4 1 (1.25%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 15 (18.75%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (8.75%) Management Information System
3 3 (3.75%) Blog
3 3 (3.75%) Smart Meter
3 3 (3.75%) Wiki
4 1 (1.25%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (1.25%) EPoS
4 1 (1.25%) Fintech
4 1 (1.25%) PKI
4 1 (1.25%) Renewable Energy
4 1 (1.25%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 4 (5.00%) Windows
2 3 (3.75%) Windows 10
3 1 (1.25%) Android
3 1 (1.25%) Apple iOS
3 1 (1.25%) CentOS
3 1 (1.25%) Fedora
3 1 (1.25%) Linux
3 1 (1.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (1.25%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (65.00%) Agile Software Development
2 38 (47.50%) Test Automation
3 34 (42.50%) Scrum
4 26 (32.50%) BDD
5 22 (27.50%) Test Strategy
6 20 (25.00%) Continuous Deployment
7 19 (23.75%) Continuous Delivery
7 19 (23.75%) Continuous Improvement
8 17 (21.25%) Security Testing
9 16 (20.00%) User Stories
10 11 (13.75%) Problem-Solving
11 9 (11.25%) Continuous Integration
11 9 (11.25%) DevOps
12 8 (10.00%) Manual Testing
12 8 (10.00%) Stakeholder Management
12 8 (10.00%) Test Scripting
13 6 (7.50%) ETL
13 6 (7.50%) Regression Testing
14 5 (6.25%) Service Management
14 5 (6.25%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 29 (36.25%) C#
2 11 (13.75%) SQL
3 5 (6.25%) JavaScript
4 4 (5.00%) Java
5 3 (3.75%) T-SQL
6 2 (2.50%) PowerShell
6 2 (2.50%) Python
7 1 (1.25%) Apple Swift
7 1 (1.25%) Bash Shell
7 1 (1.25%) C
7 1 (1.25%) Kotlin
7 1 (1.25%) Perl
7 1 (1.25%) PHP
7 1 (1.25%) Ruby
7 1 (1.25%) TypeScript
7 1 (1.25%) VB
Qualifications
1 31 (38.75%) Security Cleared
2 22 (27.50%) DV Cleared
3 7 (8.75%) ISEB
3 7 (8.75%) SC Cleared
4 5 (6.25%) ISTQB
5 3 (3.75%) DBS Check
6 2 (2.50%) Degree
6 2 (2.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (2.50%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (1.25%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (1.25%) CCNA
7 1 (1.25%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (1.25%) CISSP
7 1 (1.25%) CompTIA Security+
7 1 (1.25%) Computer Science Degree
7 1 (1.25%) Master's Degree
7 1 (1.25%) MCSE
7 1 (1.25%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (1.25%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (28.75%) QA
2 1 (1.25%) PMO
System Software
1 3 (3.75%) Active Directory
1 3 (3.75%) Hyper-V
1 3 (3.75%) VMware ESXi
1 3 (3.75%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 5 (6.25%) Ansible
2 4 (5.00%) HP Quality Center
3 3 (3.75%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
3 3 (3.75%) SCCM
3 3 (3.75%) SCOM
3 3 (3.75%) SCOrch
3 3 (3.75%) SCVMM
3 3 (3.75%) Terraform
4 2 (2.50%) Puppet
5 1 (1.25%) HockeyApp
5 1 (1.25%) HP ALM
5 1 (1.25%) Nagios
5 1 (1.25%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 14 (17.50%) Microsoft
2 3 (3.75%) Cisco
2 3 (3.75%) Citrix
2 3 (3.75%) Palo Alto
2 3 (3.75%) SAP
2 3 (3.75%) VMware
3 2 (2.50%) HP
4 1 (1.25%) Cadence
4 1 (1.25%) Red Hat